audient

noun
au·​di·​ent | \ ˈȯdēənt, ˈäd-, -dyənt\
plural -s

Definition of audient

1 : hearer

2 in the early Christian Church

a : one permitted to attend services in the narthex but dismissed after the sermon
b : a catechumen in the early stages of instruction for admission to the church but not yet an applicant for baptism

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History and Etymology for audient

Latin audient-, audiens

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